Interesting article about the eco-friendliness at Piknic. Article written by Anne Laguë from Bang Bang Blog (in French) Clic here to read the article.
It’s only three and a half months away, but it’s certainly worth a heads up: the 5th edition of Igloofest takes place next January 13-14-15, 20-21-22, and 27-28-29!
The launch of the program and a new website should be ready by mid-November. Keep your legs agile. We can’t have you cramping up on us in the interim. We recommend you enjoy the fall colours by keeping limber via long walks amidst the fallen leaves, and perhaps a night of dancing for Halloween!
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Piknic Électronik’s eight season officially ended last Sunday on a perfect sunny autumn day. From May to October, over 65 000 piknickers have come to dance under Calder’s famous Man monumental stabile and in the enchanting Jardin des Floralies du parc Jean-Drapeau. More than 120 guest artists, veterans and newcomers, have dropped in to testify of the electronic music scene’s vitally and effervescence. A few words to sum it all up.
On the menu this year: all the colours of the rainbow!
Piknic’s sole mission is to bring out in broad daylight the richness of the world of electronic music. Between the established trends and the latest explorations of this ever mutating universe, our program finds the right balance to satisfy those seeking familiar sounds as well as inquisitive minds who thrive on new discoveries. Alongside respected veterans and some of Montrealers favourite artists (Kevin Yost, Misstress Barbara, Josh Wink, Green Velvet and Nôze, for example), Piknic has strived to bring many up and coming trendsetters and other names that it had been hoping to meet for a while (Major Lazer, Pépé Bradock, Krafty Kuts, Elite Force, Toddla–T, San Proper, Riva Starr, Round Table Knights, Minilogue, Paul Kalkbrenner, Popof, Mary-Anne Hobbs, Bassnectar, Dirtyphonics and many more!). Also, the now permanent STM Stage has allowed a lot of home-grown talent to shine and meet new music lovers (Beat Concierge, Eresys, Forward, Lunice, Des cailloux et du carbone, Pheek, etc.). (...)
Now we’re talking!
A truly beautiful autumn day: bright and sunny, not too cold, even warmer for those rearing to make the most of this final Calder outing. Pompom toques, wool caps, little mitts, everything was fair game... but the guys in Canada Goose, that was bit exaggerated!
The first arrivals tore up the dance floor to the playful and dynamic sounds of Terence Kissner, who was primed for his first Piknic baptism. Not counting the short delay during which he still entertained his fans, Hatchmatik managed to fill in the space under the Calder in little over an hour’s time with a bomb-laden and hookish set.
As we predicted, Pheek positively ravaged the audiences over at the STM stage, and Q.G. kept a good number of those dancers in their places for his set. What’s better to warm the limbs than keeping them on the move to good beats!
By the time Swayzak took the stage, we had a pretty strong feeling that the good times vibe had infiltrated the park. With every subsequent track, whether it be minimal or melodic, as each waning ray of light slowly faded from the sky, we could feel the end was imminent, all of which made us all a little bit nuttier. The piknicers were over the top with every sensation aside from melancholy, and the Piknic Team went a little more gaga, sensing that vacations were close at hand, not to mention the employees’ party!
Meat Katie made a triumphant entry before a swollen audience of 3000 dancers, and left no choice but to destroy any remaining preconceptions about Piknic 2010 bowing out on a quiet note. Like a truly decadent dessert on the season, he gave us permission to exhaust any and all remaining energy we had working through our systems, and finished off in grand nostalgic style with the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”. Wow, a million times over!
To conclude this last transmission, we’d like to underline the presence of 2-3 piknicers who were already partying in one-piece snowsuits last Sunday. We get the message, folks, Igloofest is on its way!
Your devoted Twin Towers of the Communications Department, Valerie (West) and Julie (East).
At the end of this 8th season of the Piknic Électronik, we’d like to thank our partners, collaborators, enablers, and of course, all those without whom such an event would not be impossible. A big thanks to:
- MOOG Audio and their team, STM, SAQ, Bande à part, Jack&Jones, Scion, Jean-Drapeau Park and their team, Belle-Gueule, Guru, Amarula, Mojo, Romeo, Misto, Lulu B., Sailor Jerry, Matonvu, Consulat général de France au Québec, MUTEK, Osheaga, POP Montréal, MEG Montréal, Le Regroupement, Greencopper, 33MAG, Nightlife, Mirror, Dose, Resident Advisor, Exclaim!, Midnight Poutine, Soundbeat Mag, CISM, CHOQ.FM, The McGill Daily & Le Délit, Nomag;
- Evenko, Fringe Festival, Escales improbables, Nuits Sonores, Glaçound, le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver, FME, FOÉ;
- Ninja Tune, Turbo, Forward, E.S.L., Eresys;
- Jägermeister, SKYY Vodka, Appleton Estate, Hôtel Opus, le Consortium Écho-Logique, Location Jean Légaré and his team, CTM, Benoît Gaulin Entreprises, and Saucissier William J. Walter (of Jean Talon markets), New K Industries;
- Parks Canada, Tourism Montreal, Industry Canada, Emploi Québec;
- Métromédia Plus, Groupe Bernier Marketing;
- Red Cross, the 21st service division of the City of Montreal Police Force;
- The artists, the Pkinic Team, the invited photographers, filmers, and bloggers;
And of course, YOU, the piknicers, for your loyalty, your smiles and your energy!